Stage is set for young talent

The Vackees, Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre, Alnwick Playhouse, Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £7 conc, £6 child/student.

TALENTED youngsters return to the Playhouse stage, with a performance from the intermediate group of the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre.

They have a tough act to follow after the junior group played to packed houses with their memorable version of Disney’s Aristocats last month.

But the signs are good as they have chosen the lively musical The Vackees, set in a rural village at the outbreak of the Second World War.

It is a funny and moving tale of the ‘invasion’ of the village by the Vackees, child evacuees from London, and their adventures and confrontations with the initially hostile local children.

It centres on London lad Kip and deals with his first experiences of war and love,and is tied together by a memorable score from TV and film composer Carl Davis, whose credits include the music for the BBC series Pride and Prejudice and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.